That was utterly fascinating. My hypothesis for awhile has been that fiction is more profitable than truth across all media. Fiction outperforms nonfiction in books and movies because you get to control all the elements of the story—the characters, the setting, etc. And you can tell who writes fiction by how rich they are. So if you see a journalist like Sean Hannity making $20 million a year, you have a pretty good indicator that they are creating fiction, which is unique to them, but they craft it so enough of us can believe it's true. That's the thing: the best fiction is believable as truth.
Even if you are basing your movie on a true story, you have to take liberties with the truth to get audienced to buy tickets to your movie.
But if you are competing as a reporter for The New York Times with a reporter for The Washington Post, you have the same story as 20 other papers, and the truth is more boring than fiction, so you make $85,000/year.